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Retailers prepare for Hurricane Irene

As any news channel or today’s The System will tell you, the East Coast is preparing for Hurricane Irene. Meteorologists expect Irene to make landfall Saturday morning in eastern North Carolina, and it is expected to track north and head for New York City, where at least two comics retailers are preparing for it.

Midtown Comics sent out an email update today noting they will be closed Saturday and Sunday:

In a plot that would make Lex Luthor very jealous, Hurricane Irene threatens to blow down the Big Apple, along with the rest of the East Coast, starting Saturday afternoon, through all day Sunday. We’ve read enough Batman comics to know that we’ve got to be prepared for every contingency, and we want to make sure that all of our friends are taken care of BEFORE and AFTER Irene unleashes her ferocious fury. This, then, is the Midtown Meteorology Mass Effect plan:

In-store plan:
Midtown Comics will be CLOSED Saturday and Sunday, and, comic store heroes that we are, we’ll all be cowering in our homes, tying down valuables including kids and dogs. It’s not a complex plan, but it’s the safest since all mass transit in NYC will be closed as of noon on Saturday. We’re open until 9:00PM tonight, leaving plenty of time to satisfy a last-minute comic craving! For further updates, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Online plan:
All Wednesday new release orders will be shipped on Thursday and Friday. Everything else will be humming along as usual, Irene willing.

Considering New York is shutting down its entire mass transit system, it makes sense that many businesses will close.

Jim Hanley’s Universe, meanwhile, is helping New York comic fans prepare for a weekend in doors by holding a sale tonight. It’s going on right now and requires a secret word. They plan to be open at least until 4 p.m. on Saturday, and will be closed Sunday.

And Bergen Street Comics, located in Brooklyn, says they will likely be open from about noon to 3 p.m., although they might close early on Saturday. They say they’ll be closed on Sunday, unless the storm passes them by.

No matter where you are on the East Coast, stay safe and best of luck during the storm.

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